Road to carthage marathon, half-marathon, marathon team relay
saturday, may 27th, 2017, 6:00 am

Meet 2016 Olympian Marathoner Jared Ward

Jared Ward placed 3rd in the Los Angeles Olympic Trials in February 2016, and 6th at the 2016 Rio Olympics, running a personal-best of 2 hours, 11 minutes, 30 second. This was accomplished in only his 5th marathon run attempt. As a 27-year old BYU graduate, Jared has shown that he is someone with a promising future in long distance running. 

Meet Jared as he joins us at our inaugural year event - at the registration and pasta party, the keynote address, the race itself, and the post race party. 

We are excited to have Jared with us in our first year!


Friday Night Keynote Address, 8:00 PM            Guest Glenn Rawson, Author, Producer, and Host

After the pasta feed on Friday you can join us for a keynote address that includes a special musical number from Gentri and a historical message from Glenn Rawson.  You will recognize Glenn as the Host of the two popular video series, "The Joseph Smith Papers", and "The History of the Saints". Glenn is a noted lecturer, and tour guide of popular history sites through "Fun for Less Tours".

An effective communicator and expert on Church History - Glenn's remarks will give runners historical perspective and background on their run. A must see event. You can meet Glenn during the registration earlier in the day.

Special Guest and Motivational Speaker Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger


Rudy joins our list of special guests for the inaugural Road to Carthage Marathon, and he will give a motivational speech minutes before the gun goes off Saturday morning. He will speak again at the awards ceremony later that day at the Post Race Party in Carthage. With a story that has inspired millions  - take advantage of the opportunity to meet someone who has set the bar for inspiration!

Saturday Evening Performances by the Vocal Trio Gentri at The Legacy Theater in Carthage

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Shows at 2:00 and 7:00

GENTRI: The Gentlemen Trio was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three highly trained tenors: Brad Robins, Casey Elliott and Bradley Quinn Lever. Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer Stephen Nelson.

Click here for their full bio.

We are delighted that Gentri has agreed to perform at the beautiful Legacy Theater in Carthage. Their sound will bring a spectacular finish to our marathon weekend of activities. Not only will you be able to hear them at the Friday night fireside with Glenn Rawson, but also at the Legacy Theater. 

Tickets are limited. Which is why we have scheduled two shows. You can buy the tickets on this website or at the Legacy Theater website.

After the Marathon activities take time to visit the sites and performances in Old Nauvoo

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Young Performing Missionaries

Every Summer 20 talented young men and women are chosen to come to Nauvoo to perform a variety of musical productions. These lively shows tell stories of the Mormon pioneers who lived in Old Nauvoo in the 1840's. They begin their summer performances on Memorial Day Weekend! Plan on staying another couple of days, after the marathon, with your family, to take in all of their shows!

There is no cost to attend the shows, but some require tickets reserved in advance. The quantity for each show IS limited, but available on a first come, first served basis.

Shows include:

  • The Promise
  • Just Plain Anna Amanda
  • Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo
  • Sunset by the Mississippi (no tickets required)
  • Youth of Zion (no tickets required)
  • Nauvoo Brass Band (no tickets required)
  • Bagpipers (no tickets required)

Proceeds from the marathon will be donated to the HISTORY OF THE SAINTS project and the local FOOD PANTRIES.